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Uninsured Fret About Getting Health Coverage By New Year's Day

The technological trials for the online health insurance exchanges have turned an enrollment period that was supposed to be a leisurely three-month stroll into a last-minute sprint for millions of Americans. People who want coverage that starts at the beginning of 2014 need to sign up no later than Dec. 23.
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Delivery By Drone? Amazon Says A New Era Looms

CEO Jeff Bezos told 60 Minutes that the giant online retailer is looking at reducing its delivery times to 30 minutes or less in a few years. But the drones would have to overcome safety concerns and public perception.
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Investigators Examine Wreckage Of Deadly New York Train Crash

A passenger train crash in the Bronx early Sunday killed four people and injured at least 60 others. The train's black box recorder has been found. Investigators are looking at why the train seems to have failed to slow down enough to negotiate a curve.
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Avoiding Another Government Shutdown Moves To Front Burner

On Capitol Hill, another red-letter budget deadline is fast approaching. The Senate and House budget chairs are working toward an agreement on spending levels that they are supposed to be announced by the end of next week.
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Cleveland Celebrates 30 Years Of 'A Christmas Story'

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the movie A Christmas Story. The holiday film has grown a cult following over the years, but it has taken on a special importance in Cleveland, where some of the scenes were shot.
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Coast Guard Proposes Rule For Transporting Fracking Leftovers By Barge

Natural gas drillers want the U.S. Coast Guard to allow them to transport tens of millions of gallons of fracking wastewater on the nation's waterways. Federal law doesn't consider that wastewater to be hazardous, but the Coast Guard does.
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Companies Revisit 'Rank And Yank' of 1980s

Longtime General Electric CEO and management icon Jack Welch popularized a management style in the 1980s that critics dubbed "rank and yank." The system ranks employees — with under-performers getting yanked from their jobs or the company. This old practice is in the news again. Microsoft recently did away with it. But other companies are embracing it.
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Deadly Derailment Is Latest Accident For Commuter Train Line

At least four people are dead after a Metro-North Railroad train derailed in New York Sunday morning. This past summer, a freight train carrying trash derailed on the other side of the curve. And in May, two Metro-North trains collided in Connecticut, injuring more than 70 people.
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School Stress Takes A Toll On Health, Teens And Parents

Teenagers say their parents often don't realize how overwhelmed they feel about school. Psychologists say parents can help children manage their expectations and live a more balanced life, even if it means not racking up as high a GPA as their friends.
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Parents Of Sleep-Deprived Teens Push For Later School Start Times

Scientists agree that teenagers naturally go to bed late and sleep late, too. But high school start times are traditionally very early. Proponents of later start times say they're finally getting traction. The result, they say, will be happier kids who do better in school.

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